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Posted on Second-hand bandsaw brands to watch for/avoid & pricing

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 01:42 AM

Unless you’re really tight for space, I wouldn’t consider anything smaller than 14”, and as a first saw, I wouldn’t go with anything larger. As already said, most 14” saws in the used market will be Delta clones. I can’t argue that while saws by Powermatic, General, and Delta would be better quality, you are also paying for name brand recognition, and personally I think this particularly applies to Jet tools- way overpriced for the quality.

I also believe that the Ridgid is a “diamond in the rough”- it’s gotten some bad rep, but with a little tuning up the one I got off CL a few years ago works great (there are lots of good suggestions online). I don’t think that the Ridgid is significantly worse than other clones, and if you find one, you might be able to use the bad rep to bargain down the price.

While I haven’t seen many on CL, a 14” steel frame (not cast iron) would be worth considering- Laguna, Rikon, and Craftsman (seems to be a Rikon re-badge). In reviews I’ve seen steel frames tend to rate higher than CI. The drawbacks are you can’t insert a riser block for increased resaw capacity, and they don’t use the “standard” 93-1/2” blade length of the Delta CI clones.

Finally, since nobody has yet mentioned it, you can’t go too far wrong with Grizzly. Good luck.

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